Review: Process by Sampha

Process by SamphaOn the surface, Sampha’s long-anticipated full-length debut is a beautiful little thing. Minimal to the point of delicate, most tracks rely on a few musical flourishes and Sampha’s well-rounded voice. If you’re not paying attention, it’s music that can accompany you as you dig deep into whatever it is you have to do. But upon deeper inspection, Process – which comes after two EPs and collaborations with the likes of Kanye West and Solange – is scared, stressed and unsure of what to do next. And that comes across beautifully: Sampha flitters between recollections and regrets, addressing everything from the death of his parents to a recent health scare, in an overactive, jittery manner – quite a contrast to the production, which manages to stay serene throughout, just hinting at the tension underneath. It all makes for a pretty compelling push-and-pull. Process might as well be one of the records of the year – a silent creeper whose introspection is infectious, and at the right time, quite affecting. [NB]4/5

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